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Moulded band around base and top. Moulded cover with removable finial. Curved spout with lines of beading at right angles to wooden scroll handle.


Engraved on bottom "The gift of Wm. Stoughton Esquire to Mrs. Sara Tailer: 1701"


IC in rectangle on cover. Fleur de lis on bottom near handle.


(1) Sarah Tailor (d. 1708) to her husband William, who married second Abigail Dudley (2). Possibly by descent through Story-Bradstreet families to Frederick S. Whitwell; May 3, 1928, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Silsbee Whitwell to MFA; By 1929 purchased by Edward Jackson Holmes (1873-1950) from Mr. Whitwell; 1929, gift of Holmes to MFA. (Accession date: Nov 7, 1929) 1: Lt. Governor William Stoughton's will, executed July 6, 1701: "Unto my niece Mrs Sarah Tailer I give as a particular remembrance of me twelve pounds to buy a piece of Plate". Stoughton's sister, Rebecca, married a Tailer of Boston, their son William (1676-1732) married Sarah Byfield March 2, 1698/9. Sarah was the daughter of Nathaniel Byfield of Newbury, Massachusetts. 2: William Tailer was Lt. Governor from 1711-1716 and from 1730-32. In 1711 he married Madam Abigail (Gillam) Dudley, widow of Thomas Dudley. They had numerous children.

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall (h x dia. of base): 20.5 x 9.2 cm (8 1/16 x 3 5/8 in.)

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Silver hollowware